Seattle Pacific University to host Tent City

Posted on November 29th, 2011 by Editor


Tent City 3 may be located on Wallace Field near West Nickerson Street.

From mid January through mid March, 2012, Seattle Pacific University will host Tent City 3.

The school’s citizen advisory committee reports that the temporary neighborhood of tents will most likely locate on Wallace Field, between West Nickerson Street and the Fremont Cut. It is currently located at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Shoreline at 14514 20th Avenue N.E.

There will be future open houses/information sessions hosted by Share/Wheel, the Seattle Agency that oversees Tent City. The advisory committee will be invited and can get additional questions answered.

Tent City must move every 90 days, is comprised of about 100 people and runs itself.  There is a strict code of conduct to be accepted as a resident, including sobriety, non-violence and participation. Daily litter patrol, regular trash removal and portable toilets are all part of the system. The committee said SPU is doing this because of the school’s Christian mission and the opportunity it provides for student service.


  • GiveMeABreak

    Welcome bums, druggies and alchies! SPU loves you!

  • GiveMeABreak

    Welcome bums, druggies and alchies! SPU loves you!

  • JBL

    Thank-you, SPU. You are putting your words into action. 🙂

  • JBL

    Thank-you, SPU. You are putting your words into action. 🙂

  • Karen

    So impressive – a huge “thank you” to SPU for your visionary leadership. I hope more schools will follow your example.

  • Karen

    So impressive – a huge “thank you” to SPU for your visionary leadership. I hope more schools will follow your example.

  • southslope

    Oh I’m such a liberal I just can’t wait to tell everyone I’m just so happy about this. I just feel so good that these people who leach off society will be living right here in Queen Anne!

    SPU is the place to send my kids!

  • southslope

    Oh I’m such a liberal I just can’t wait to tell everyone I’m just so happy about this. I just feel so good that these people who leach off society will be living right here in Queen Anne!

    SPU is the place to send my kids!

  • Engage & Change

    I am a frequent visitor to Tent City. Whenever I host international visitors here in Seattle, we make a stop to meet people and better understand the challenges of living in the U.S.A. – and stereotypes go by the wayside. Way to go SPU. However, to Mr. “G.M.A.Break” it sounds like you might benefit from SPU’s Urban Plunge program that has been comforting the afflicted (and afflicting the comfortable) since the 1970’s – you might want to look into a course or two around peace and reconciliation – your community, and indeed the world, would be a better place if the smug and effete got in touch with a little caring and empathy. Engage the Culture, Change the World.

  • Engage & Change

    I am a frequent visitor to Tent City. Whenever I host international visitors here in Seattle, we make a stop to meet people and better understand the challenges of living in the U.S.A. – and stereotypes go by the wayside. Way to go SPU. However, to Mr. “G.M.A.Break” it sounds like you might benefit from SPU’s Urban Plunge program that has been comforting the afflicted (and afflicting the comfortable) since the 1970’s – you might want to look into a course or two around peace and reconciliation – your community, and indeed the world, would be a better place if the smug and effete got in touch with a little caring and empathy. Engage the Culture, Change the World.

  • JBL

    Wonderful post, Engage & Change, and what a great way to broaden your life experience and knowledge.

  • JBL

    Wonderful post, Engage & Change, and what a great way to broaden your life experience and knowledge.

  • jenna

    SPU, you are despicably naive and irresponsible. You have no right to threaten our safety and bring freeloading, self righteous transients to roam our home. Queen Anne is a great place because we all work very hard to live here. Don’t jeopardize our safety for a class project on idealism.

  • jenna

    SPU, you are despicably naive and irresponsible. You have no right to threaten our safety and bring freeloading, self righteous transients to roam our home. Queen Anne is a great place because we all work very hard to live here. Don’t jeopardize our safety for a class project on idealism.

  • Marky

    There goes the ship canal trail.

  • Marky

    There goes the ship canal trail.

  • up the hill from SPU

    I can understand how some people might feel: uncomfortable, unsafe, unsure of the unknown. I’m just a regular QA’er myself with elementary school-aged kids, but a couple months ago our parenting group of 6 families in the area decided to make a meal for the folks at Tent City 3 (TC3) in Shoreline. I don’t think any of us had ever done anything like this before, but it was easy to arrange by email with TC3’s coordinator; together we planned a meal; divided up tasks; shopped at Costco; cooked; and met up at TC3 to serve our meal. We weren’t sure what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised. Our kids served up the meal to the residents, many of whom thanked us and chatted a bit. One normal-looking woman was excited about seeing her 2 kids later that day. The head guy offered us a tour & we saw that the tent & tarp shelters are quite organized with communal eating areas & related support areas in the center & entry, then “streets” off to different rows of tents. Some for couples, some for just women, or just single men, etc. A side back area had the port-a-potties. Some labeled just for women, but all with notes saying to not let the door slam (one of TC3’s many rules). A free standing showering unit was hooked up to a water source from the church & had donated travel shampoos & soaps. TC3 has LOTS of rules to live there. Not just anybody can join in. Don’t imagine a passed out drunk in Pioneer Sq. These are people who are trying to get their lives together. Some are gone during the day to work or to look for it. Some have family who come visit them there, even spending the night. Yes, some of the people are recovering alcoholics or addicts, but drugs and alcohol are against TC3’s rules. They have a long list of rules which are enforced to keep the group operating smoothly and to prevent problems for/with a host or finding future hosts. They would swiftly kick out a person rather than jeopardize the entire group’s existence. So rather than shun these people who are simply trying to live, find out what this group really is about, how they operate and how YOU can help. Meals are great, of course, but they can also use toiletries, tarps, duct tape, rope, warm clothing, and other things. Personally, I applaud SPU’s bravery to walk the talk. I don’t identify with any religion myself, but you only have to be human to have compassion.

  • up the hill from SPU

    I can understand how some people might feel: uncomfortable, unsafe, unsure of the unknown. I’m just a regular QA’er myself with elementary school-aged kids, but a couple months ago our parenting group of 6 families in the area decided to make a meal for the folks at Tent City 3 (TC3) in Shoreline. I don’t think any of us had ever done anything like this before, but it was easy to arrange by email with TC3’s coordinator; together we planned a meal; divided up tasks; shopped at Costco; cooked; and met up at TC3 to serve our meal. We weren’t sure what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised. Our kids served up the meal to the residents, many of whom thanked us and chatted a bit. One normal-looking woman was excited about seeing her 2 kids later that day. The head guy offered us a tour & we saw that the tent & tarp shelters are quite organized with communal eating areas & related support areas in the center & entry, then “streets” off to different rows of tents. Some for couples, some for just women, or just single men, etc. A side back area had the port-a-potties. Some labeled just for women, but all with notes saying to not let the door slam (one of TC3’s many rules). A free standing showering unit was hooked up to a water source from the church & had donated travel shampoos & soaps. TC3 has LOTS of rules to live there. Not just anybody can join in. Don’t imagine a passed out drunk in Pioneer Sq. These are people who are trying to get their lives together. Some are gone during the day to work or to look for it. Some have family who come visit them there, even spending the night. Yes, some of the people are recovering alcoholics or addicts, but drugs and alcohol are against TC3’s rules. They have a long list of rules which are enforced to keep the group operating smoothly and to prevent problems for/with a host or finding future hosts. They would swiftly kick out a person rather than jeopardize the entire group’s existence. So rather than shun these people who are simply trying to live, find out what this group really is about, how they operate and how YOU can help. Meals are great, of course, but they can also use toiletries, tarps, duct tape, rope, warm clothing, and other things. Personally, I applaud SPU’s bravery to walk the talk. I don’t identify with any religion myself, but you only have to be human to have compassion.

  • Kathryn

    Thanks, SPU for putting your heart and your mouth in the same place. I hope your witness will show the people who know nothing about what Tent City really is, its reality and that the reality doesn’t match their own projections of their fears.

  • Kathryn

    Thanks, SPU for putting your heart and your mouth in the same place. I hope your witness will show the people who know nothing about what Tent City really is, its reality and that the reality doesn’t match their own projections of their fears.

  • Sam

    Thanks SPU, for putting a bunch of hobos on a predominately female campus and completely using up Wallace Field in doing so. Nice work! Nothing like paying $30K a year for that.

  • Sam

    Thanks SPU, for putting a bunch of hobos on a predominately female campus and completely using up Wallace Field in doing so. Nice work! Nothing like paying $30K a year for that.

  • OccupyThisLosers

    It’s commical to see the libs pandering to a bunch of chronically lazy people that have become adept at leaching off society instead of being productive members. I won’t even touch on the vast network of people that enable this behavior because it serves their purposes.

    and shame on SPU for being such a bad neighbor to the people of Queen Anne.

  • OccupyThisLosers

    It’s commical to see the libs pandering to a bunch of chronically lazy people that have become adept at leaching off society instead of being productive members. I won’t even touch on the vast network of people that enable this behavior because it serves their purposes.

    and shame on SPU for being such a bad neighbor to the people of Queen Anne.

  • tico

    Wait until enrollment plummets. Then you’ll see the eviction process begin. Then you’ll hear all about the hobos being “wronged” by SPU.

  • tico

    Wait until enrollment plummets. Then you’ll see the eviction process begin. Then you’ll hear all about the hobos being “wronged” by SPU.

  • JBL

    Hmmm…seems like there are a vast number of assumptions posted, most of them resulting in politically-charged slurs. I wonder when being Christian or doing humanitarian deeds became the domain of Liberals? Please do not jump to such small-minded conclusions.

  • JBL

    Hmmm…seems like there are a vast number of assumptions posted, most of them resulting in politically-charged slurs. I wonder when being Christian or doing humanitarian deeds became the domain of Liberals? Please do not jump to such small-minded conclusions.

  • QA Resident

    SPU has seriously lost sight of what it means to be a “good neighbor” to the residents here.
    The university is situated in the heart of a family neighborhood, and this puts the community at risk for an increase in crime.

    I love the fact that supporters think this is a wonderful thing to host Tent City…. It’s a mighty
    “Christian” thing to do… If anyone really cared about the people in Tent City they would open up their homes (or wallets) and give them a real place to live.
    Unfortunately, the negative impact of Tent City in our neighborhood will be felt for a long time.

  • QA Resident

    SPU has seriously lost sight of what it means to be a “good neighbor” to the residents here.
    The university is situated in the heart of a family neighborhood, and this puts the community at risk for an increase in crime.

    I love the fact that supporters think this is a wonderful thing to host Tent City…. It’s a mighty
    “Christian” thing to do… If anyone really cared about the people in Tent City they would open up their homes (or wallets) and give them a real place to live.
    Unfortunately, the negative impact of Tent City in our neighborhood will be felt for a long time.

  • up the hill from SPU

    @ QA Resident: I live just up the hill from SPU, with young kids, have visited the current Tent City 3 personally, and don’t have a problem with this. It’s not necessarily a “Christian” thing to do…it’s a humane thing to do. It’s only for two months anyway. As far as your comment about “if anyone really cared, they would open up their homes (and wallets) to give them a real place to live” comment, we have opened up our wallets literally to provide a home-cooked meal for the group just a couple months ago, but it’s not realistic or practical to invite a stranger to live in your home. That part of your comment is completely unfair.

  • up the hill from SPU

    @ QA Resident: I live just up the hill from SPU, with young kids, have visited the current Tent City 3 personally, and don’t have a problem with this. It’s not necessarily a “Christian” thing to do…it’s a humane thing to do. It’s only for two months anyway. As far as your comment about “if anyone really cared, they would open up their homes (and wallets) to give them a real place to live” comment, we have opened up our wallets literally to provide a home-cooked meal for the group just a couple months ago, but it’s not realistic or practical to invite a stranger to live in your home. That part of your comment is completely unfair.

  • tico

    There is no such thing as God. Religion is for fools. Crime will increase. Litter will increase. Quality of life for the property-owning, tax-paying residents in the area will decrease at the expense of some cockamanie marketing scheme SPU is conducting.

    Those are the facts.

  • tico

    There is no such thing as God. Religion is for fools. Crime will increase. Litter will increase. Quality of life for the property-owning, tax-paying residents in the area will decrease at the expense of some cockamanie marketing scheme SPU is conducting.

    Those are the facts.

  • QA Resident

    @ Up the hill…
    “Humane”? You are kidding right?
    These are people…sleeping in tents on the ground in what may be freezing temperatures in Jan.
    Most if us wouldn’t allow our dogs to sleep outside overnight. The idea of supporting Tent City seems a bit hypocritical.

  • QA Resident

    @ Up the hill…
    “Humane”? You are kidding right?
    These are people…sleeping in tents on the ground in what may be freezing temperatures in Jan.
    Most if us wouldn’t allow our dogs to sleep outside overnight. The idea of supporting Tent City seems a bit hypocritical.

  • up the hill from SPU

    Humane…no, I’m not kidding. Your dog has an option, they do not. I imagine that you would like to see a solution to homelessness just like everybody else, but obviously with local, state & federal governments so short on funds, that will happen no time soon. They people need a place to stay tonight. What’s their other option? Sleeping in an overcrowded day shelter with only a bed to define their personal space and hope that their stuff isn’t stolen by strangers while they sleep? Or is it sleeping under a bridge or in a park unprotected? They need a solution right NOW. Tent City is humane because it gives people an option. It gives order, structure and rules when a person’s life might be chaotic, desperate and hopeless. It’s regular group of residents give familiarity, community and emotional support. And even though you may never believe this, it gives a bit of dignity because this group is doing their best to improve their circumstances. Yes, it’s not perfect, it doesn’t solve homelessness at this moment in time, but it is humane. And, jeez, it’s only for a few months. Have a heart. Let these people prove themselves.

  • up the hill from SPU

    Humane…no, I’m not kidding. Your dog has an option, they do not. I imagine that you would like to see a solution to homelessness just like everybody else, but obviously with local, state & federal governments so short on funds, that will happen no time soon. They people need a place to stay tonight. What’s their other option? Sleeping in an overcrowded day shelter with only a bed to define their personal space and hope that their stuff isn’t stolen by strangers while they sleep? Or is it sleeping under a bridge or in a park unprotected? They need a solution right NOW. Tent City is humane because it gives people an option. It gives order, structure and rules when a person’s life might be chaotic, desperate and hopeless. It’s regular group of residents give familiarity, community and emotional support. And even though you may never believe this, it gives a bit of dignity because this group is doing their best to improve their circumstances. Yes, it’s not perfect, it doesn’t solve homelessness at this moment in time, but it is humane. And, jeez, it’s only for a few months. Have a heart. Let these people prove themselves.

  • QA Resident

    I’m sure it’s a shangri-la.

  • QA Resident

    I’m sure it’s a shangri-la.

  • MondoMan

    Tent City has real rules, enforced with real consequences. That’s a good start, and I don’t expect any major problems, just as there were none some years back when it was located right by me.

    However, it’s not at all clear to me that Share/Wheel are looking for an actual solution for the residents of Tent City, rather than scoring political points and getting funding.

    If only we had an effective anti-homelessness organization/facility like Delancey Street.

  • MondoMan

    Tent City has real rules, enforced with real consequences. That’s a good start, and I don’t expect any major problems, just as there were none some years back when it was located right by me.

    However, it’s not at all clear to me that Share/Wheel are looking for an actual solution for the residents of Tent City, rather than scoring political points and getting funding.

    If only we had an effective anti-homelessness organization/facility like Delancey Street.

  • nwcitizen

    Why look to others to provide the solutions to problems that we all share? Decide how you can contribute and then pitch in. To sit and carp from the sidelines will not help anyone.

    SHARE/WHEEL has a system for sheltering people safely and for very low cost that has worked for years. They assume that people who have a safe place to stay and in the case of the Tent Cities a secure place to store their belongings are able to help themselves and each other to climb out of homelessness.

    People who live at a SHARE shelter or a tent city are asked to take personal responsibility for their behavior. Isn’t that a good thing?

  • nwcitizen

    Why look to others to provide the solutions to problems that we all share? Decide how you can contribute and then pitch in. To sit and carp from the sidelines will not help anyone.

    SHARE/WHEEL has a system for sheltering people safely and for very low cost that has worked for years. They assume that people who have a safe place to stay and in the case of the Tent Cities a secure place to store their belongings are able to help themselves and each other to climb out of homelessness.

    People who live at a SHARE shelter or a tent city are asked to take personal responsibility for their behavior. Isn’t that a good thing?

  • MSPU

    shame on all these comments. SPU is displaying and embodying the Gospel. selfishness and pride are what cause so much destruction in our world. get off those high horses and see that SPU is humbly serving others as we are called to do. I am proud to be a member of the SPU community. I have nothing but the utmost respect for it!

  • MSPU

    shame on all these comments. SPU is displaying and embodying the Gospel. selfishness and pride are what cause so much destruction in our world. get off those high horses and see that SPU is humbly serving others as we are called to do. I am proud to be a member of the SPU community. I have nothing but the utmost respect for it!

  • Norse

    Up the Hill — more power to you and your desire to help with Tent City 3 but you are up the hill aren’t you? What about the people next door or the ones across the street from tent city — can you see where they might have an issue with Tent City 3 being so close? And why guilt people into helping with Tent City? If SPU wants to host it, the powers that be that made the decision should be the first to sign up and help with Tent City 3, followed by the faculty and staff.

    I also find it interesting that you are not willing to open your house to a stranger and that its unrealistic and unfair to make that comment. I find it totally unfair that you have so little respect for the neighbors to Tent City 3 because you think it is the right thing to do for strangers you wouldn’t invite into your house.

  • Norse

    Up the Hill — more power to you and your desire to help with Tent City 3 but you are up the hill aren’t you? What about the people next door or the ones across the street from tent city — can you see where they might have an issue with Tent City 3 being so close? And why guilt people into helping with Tent City? If SPU wants to host it, the powers that be that made the decision should be the first to sign up and help with Tent City 3, followed by the faculty and staff.

    I also find it interesting that you are not willing to open your house to a stranger and that its unrealistic and unfair to make that comment. I find it totally unfair that you have so little respect for the neighbors to Tent City 3 because you think it is the right thing to do for strangers you wouldn’t invite into your house.

  • Henry

    Im stoked that SPU is hosting this ‘tent city’ event.
    its just another simple step in helping out our community.
    Im proud of SPU for giving people a place to stay when they need it.

    its falcon-awesome

  • Henry

    Im stoked that SPU is hosting this ‘tent city’ event.
    its just another simple step in helping out our community.
    Im proud of SPU for giving people a place to stay when they need it.

    its falcon-awesome

  • Jake

    I think all of the sheltered snobs in Queen Anne need to grow up and do their research on Tent City. It is fully self contained, has security, and the members take the blessing of being in that community seriously. They take pride in their lifestyle and their ability to leave no tracks and cause no trouble. Most of the complaints here are based on your lack of knowledge and inability to see beyond yourself and your own selfish desires.

  • Jake

    I think all of the sheltered snobs in Queen Anne need to grow up and do their research on Tent City. It is fully self contained, has security, and the members take the blessing of being in that community seriously. They take pride in their lifestyle and their ability to leave no tracks and cause no trouble. Most of the complaints here are based on your lack of knowledge and inability to see beyond yourself and your own selfish desires.

  • Are people honestly complaining about housing the homeless on a football field that rarely gets used in the winter? It’s not like the homeless are a malevolent regime set out to consolidate their forces to take over Queen Anne… Show a little love, warmth, and embrace towards those who need it.

    If we are going to play by stereotypes, then I am a white male who grew up in a house on a nice lake in a suburb of the greater Seattle area. Everything was handed to me on a platter. I am able to attend a private university; I deserve the world; I consider reading fox news as a way to “Stay cultured.”

    Fortunately, this white male does not fit the stereotype. A lot of that remains true, but my personality will never reflect that.

    QUIT STEREOTYPING. Love all, Serve all.

  • Are people honestly complaining about housing the homeless on a football field that rarely gets used in the winter? It’s not like the homeless are a malevolent regime set out to consolidate their forces to take over Queen Anne… Show a little love, warmth, and embrace towards those who need it.

    If we are going to play by stereotypes, then I am a white male who grew up in a house on a nice lake in a suburb of the greater Seattle area. Everything was handed to me on a platter. I am able to attend a private university; I deserve the world; I consider reading fox news as a way to “Stay cultured.”

    Fortunately, this white male does not fit the stereotype. A lot of that remains true, but my personality will never reflect that.

    QUIT STEREOTYPING. Love all, Serve all.

  • LiberalDisease

    If being Christian is making people live in tents in Seattle in the middle of winter then call me an atheist. If SPU really cared about these people they would provide them with real accomodation. But then of course SPU would have to provide a real solution rather than perpetuate the tent city to serve their own purposes and the purposes of the organizers of the tent city. Shame on you for exploiting these troubled people.

  • LiberalDisease

    If being Christian is making people live in tents in Seattle in the middle of winter then call me an atheist. If SPU really cared about these people they would provide them with real accomodation. But then of course SPU would have to provide a real solution rather than perpetuate the tent city to serve their own purposes and the purposes of the organizers of the tent city. Shame on you for exploiting these troubled people.

  • Welcome

    Way to go SPU and “Up the Hill”!!! I have also helped with meals at TC3 and this is a truly wonderful organization. All these negative comments are based on lack of knowledge. Sign up at TC3 website and serve a meal. Visit the camp and talk to the residents. Your negative viewpoints will change.

  • Welcome

    Way to go SPU and “Up the Hill”!!! I have also helped with meals at TC3 and this is a truly wonderful organization. All these negative comments are based on lack of knowledge. Sign up at TC3 website and serve a meal. Visit the camp and talk to the residents. Your negative viewpoints will change.

  • This is my senior year at SPU. Over the past three years I have been involved in the community outreach programs that have connected me with communities in the Rainier Valley, White Center, and other national and global communities. Even with distance I consider these people my neighbors because I have developed a relationship with them.

    Before entering each of these communities, I tried to fight my preconceived notion about what I believed this community to look like. But, through the power of relationship and story, I have learned that my preconceived notion is what causes schisms between communities.

    TC3 is coming to SPU and I for one couldn’t be any more proud to be an SPU student. This is a sustainable organization. In a couple of months, I know that I will not make a drastic assumption that homeless people will be coming and raiding my house. The relationship between SPU and Queen Anne is that we are neighbors. And for the months that TC3 will be present on our campus, TC3 will be our neighbors.

    I am going to take this opportunity to hone my skills in not jumping to conclusions, not judging people (I have my own flaws), and I am going to learn what TC3 is all about. Maybe I’ll like it, maybe I won’t. But I’m not going to waste my time complaining about it.

    You shouldn’t either.

  • This is my senior year at SPU. Over the past three years I have been involved in the community outreach programs that have connected me with communities in the Rainier Valley, White Center, and other national and global communities. Even with distance I consider these people my neighbors because I have developed a relationship with them.

    Before entering each of these communities, I tried to fight my preconceived notion about what I believed this community to look like. But, through the power of relationship and story, I have learned that my preconceived notion is what causes schisms between communities.

    TC3 is coming to SPU and I for one couldn’t be any more proud to be an SPU student. This is a sustainable organization. In a couple of months, I know that I will not make a drastic assumption that homeless people will be coming and raiding my house. The relationship between SPU and Queen Anne is that we are neighbors. And for the months that TC3 will be present on our campus, TC3 will be our neighbors.

    I am going to take this opportunity to hone my skills in not jumping to conclusions, not judging people (I have my own flaws), and I am going to learn what TC3 is all about. Maybe I’ll like it, maybe I won’t. But I’m not going to waste my time complaining about it.

    You shouldn’t either.

  • SPU Sophomore

    I am so excited and proud that SPU is opening up its doors to TC3. No, we cannot offer “real accommodation” but we can offer a safe place for TC3 to reside during the winter. I hope that we can bless them as much as possible during one of the hardest times of the year.
    I am wondering how many people have taken the time to talk to one of Seattle’s homeless. Every person has a story – something unique. You can never know how they got to where they are or what happened in their past. So many times people, myself included, simply walk by and assume the worst, but if we are willing to open up our hearts and our minds, we can truly see and love.
    This is something new for this area, and with new things comes all sorts of opinions. I am personally looking forward to an opportunity to serve and be involved. It is so easy for us to forget about what is going on in other people’s lives. It is so easy to just keep walking and not engage, but it is by engaging in the world around us that we learn to understand each other and come along side each other in life.
    With that said, I am looking forward to welcoming TC3 to SPU next quarter!

  • SPU Sophomore

    I am so excited and proud that SPU is opening up its doors to TC3. No, we cannot offer “real accommodation” but we can offer a safe place for TC3 to reside during the winter. I hope that we can bless them as much as possible during one of the hardest times of the year.
    I am wondering how many people have taken the time to talk to one of Seattle’s homeless. Every person has a story – something unique. You can never know how they got to where they are or what happened in their past. So many times people, myself included, simply walk by and assume the worst, but if we are willing to open up our hearts and our minds, we can truly see and love.
    This is something new for this area, and with new things comes all sorts of opinions. I am personally looking forward to an opportunity to serve and be involved. It is so easy for us to forget about what is going on in other people’s lives. It is so easy to just keep walking and not engage, but it is by engaging in the world around us that we learn to understand each other and come along side each other in life.
    With that said, I am looking forward to welcoming TC3 to SPU next quarter!

  • Queen Anne Momma

    As a Queen Anne resident, I am proud to have SPU as my neighbor and really impressed by the comments of the SPU students in support of TC3 and “walking the walk”. It is clear to me from the negative comments that fear is breeding contempt. I agree with those who suggest visiting TC3, try volunteering. Get to know that those you fear are people, fellow human beings whose paths in this world haven’t been as fortunate as yours. Ask yourself what you are afraid of. Maybe you will learn something special about yourself, your community, your fellow human. Or not and stay self absorbed, angry, fearful and distrusting.

  • Queen Anne Momma

    As a Queen Anne resident, I am proud to have SPU as my neighbor and really impressed by the comments of the SPU students in support of TC3 and “walking the walk”. It is clear to me from the negative comments that fear is breeding contempt. I agree with those who suggest visiting TC3, try volunteering. Get to know that those you fear are people, fellow human beings whose paths in this world haven’t been as fortunate as yours. Ask yourself what you are afraid of. Maybe you will learn something special about yourself, your community, your fellow human. Or not and stay self absorbed, angry, fearful and distrusting.

  • JoJo

    Hey Jenna, why don’t “you” build a nice tall fence around “your” little castle and your BMW so “you” can protect “yourself” from all those nasty people. Self-righteousness is a disease. What makes “you” so special? Don’t like it? Move or poke out your eyes. This is reality. If you haven’t experienced homelessness, then STFU.

  • JoJo

    Hey Jenna, why don’t “you” build a nice tall fence around “your” little castle and your BMW so “you” can protect “yourself” from all those nasty people. Self-righteousness is a disease. What makes “you” so special? Don’t like it? Move or poke out your eyes. This is reality. If you haven’t experienced homelessness, then STFU.

  • MomOfThree

    Why don’t we house them in the Seahawk’s End Zone – that’s rarely occupied by anyone.

    As a long-time QA resident my first reaction was ‘are they kidding’? followed by ‘am *I* kidding, i know nothing about how they live and maintain themselves’. after reading up on the successes of tent city, including safety, self-regulation, cleanliness etc. I’m happy to have them on the hill and ashamed at myself for not wanting them here for even one second.

  • MomOfThree

    Why don’t we house them in the Seahawk’s End Zone – that’s rarely occupied by anyone.

    As a long-time QA resident my first reaction was ‘are they kidding’? followed by ‘am *I* kidding, i know nothing about how they live and maintain themselves’. after reading up on the successes of tent city, including safety, self-regulation, cleanliness etc. I’m happy to have them on the hill and ashamed at myself for not wanting them here for even one second.

  • up the hill from SPU

    SPU already hosted TC3 in 2005…I live 4 blocks away and never even knew it happened back then! Check out the TC3 resident bio on this page as well to put a human face to the group:
    http://www.seattleu.edu/tentcity/
    Also, for those who would like to help, I found this link to a meal planning schedule: http://greaterseattlecares.org/newcalendar.html

  • up the hill from SPU

    SPU already hosted TC3 in 2005…I live 4 blocks away and never even knew it happened back then! Check out the TC3 resident bio on this page as well to put a human face to the group:
    http://www.seattleu.edu/tentcity/
    Also, for those who would like to help, I found this link to a meal planning schedule: http://greaterseattlecares.org/newcalendar.html

  • Welcome

    Thanks for posting the website. That’s how I contacted TC3 by emailing Liz Fenn. Anyone can do it. If you are teaming up with friends and family, pick a lunch time so you can visit when there is daylight. Tell them you want to serve the food instead of just dropping off. They are really super nice. Sandwiches and fresh fruit are easy to prepare. We tried to make hot soup but the reheating was a challenge for our group. The best part of this is the community building spirit behind it. We are thankful for the experience.

  • Welcome

    Thanks for posting the website. That’s how I contacted TC3 by emailing Liz Fenn. Anyone can do it. If you are teaming up with friends and family, pick a lunch time so you can visit when there is daylight. Tell them you want to serve the food instead of just dropping off. They are really super nice. Sandwiches and fresh fruit are easy to prepare. We tried to make hot soup but the reheating was a challenge for our group. The best part of this is the community building spirit behind it. We are thankful for the experience.

  • KG

    @Give Me A Break, Jenna, southslope, Sam, OccupyThisLosers, Tico, QA resident, Liberal Disease:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I find it hilarious (or maybe horribly sad) that you all are so ready to criticize a group of people that you (clearly) have no idea about. Assuming that these people are lazy, drug addicts, thieves, and rapists is one of the most absurd, ignorant and prejudiced things I have ever heard. It seems you don’t realize how quickly ANY OF US could wind up in the same situation they are in.

    You work as a stained glass artist in your basement and make a good living. Then your house burns down. There goes your house and your living. BOOM – HOMELESS. Not lazy. Not a drug addict not thief. Not a rapist. A human.

    Your husband gets cancer. All of your savings goes into medical bills and he has to quit his job. You can’t pay your bills, and you get evicted. BOOM – HOMELESS. Not lazy. Not a drug addict not thief. Not a rapist. A human.

    These are true stories. Some homeless have a job, and have a car. Unfortunately, they don’t have the means to get or maintain a home.

    How dare anyone assume that a lack of a house means that you are the scum of the earth, out to terrorize family neighborhoods.

    These people need shelter and love. SPU is listening to God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed. Maybe you’ve forgotten that Jesus himself was homeless. (Matt 8:20)

    I laugh at your ignorance and I pray for your heart.

  • KG

    @Give Me A Break, Jenna, southslope, Sam, OccupyThisLosers, Tico, QA resident, Liberal Disease:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I find it hilarious (or maybe horribly sad) that you all are so ready to criticize a group of people that you (clearly) have no idea about. Assuming that these people are lazy, drug addicts, thieves, and rapists is one of the most absurd, ignorant and prejudiced things I have ever heard. It seems you don’t realize how quickly ANY OF US could wind up in the same situation they are in.

    You work as a stained glass artist in your basement and make a good living. Then your house burns down. There goes your house and your living. BOOM – HOMELESS. Not lazy. Not a drug addict not thief. Not a rapist. A human.

    Your husband gets cancer. All of your savings goes into medical bills and he has to quit his job. You can’t pay your bills, and you get evicted. BOOM – HOMELESS. Not lazy. Not a drug addict not thief. Not a rapist. A human.

    These are true stories. Some homeless have a job, and have a car. Unfortunately, they don’t have the means to get or maintain a home.

    How dare anyone assume that a lack of a house means that you are the scum of the earth, out to terrorize family neighborhoods.

    These people need shelter and love. SPU is listening to God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed. Maybe you’ve forgotten that Jesus himself was homeless. (Matt 8:20)

    I laugh at your ignorance and I pray for your heart.

  • thom

    My daughter’s home is SPU while she attends college. If you leave me your name and address I’ll bring some homeless people over at the end the 90 days so they can live at your home.
    Not ever idea is a good one. I pay big money for this school to make sound decisions for all its stundents. Homeless people that the school knows nothing about to a campus of mostly girls. Some needs to loose their job!
    That last part about the job, I will work on starting tomorrow.

  • thom

    My daughter’s home is SPU while she attends college. If you leave me your name and address I’ll bring some homeless people over at the end the 90 days so they can live at your home.
    Not ever idea is a good one. I pay big money for this school to make sound decisions for all its stundents. Homeless people that the school knows nothing about to a campus of mostly girls. Some needs to loose their job!
    That last part about the job, I will work on starting tomorrow.

  • scooter

    Good one Thom. You start working on someone losing their job. You should replace that someone with a narrow minded, stingy, judgemental Old Testament type Christian.

    That’ll show SPU students what serving Christ really means.

  • scooter

    Good one Thom. You start working on someone losing their job. You should replace that someone with a narrow minded, stingy, judgemental Old Testament type Christian.

    That’ll show SPU students what serving Christ really means.

  • KG

    Thom, do you realize you would be firing the students? We’re the ones that had this idea in the first place. We brought it to the President who passed it along to the VPs who helped make it a reality. Maybe we should start raising hard-hearted children – THAT would solve the problem!

  • KG

    Thom, do you realize you would be firing the students? We’re the ones that had this idea in the first place. We brought it to the President who passed it along to the VPs who helped make it a reality. Maybe we should start raising hard-hearted children – THAT would solve the problem!

  • KG

    Also, I am a 20 year old female. I would have NO problem sleeping right next to TC3 at night. (I’d feel more unsafe about the general public than the occupants of TC3.) Have you actually asked your daughter how she feels about SPU’s decision?

  • KG

    Also, I am a 20 year old female. I would have NO problem sleeping right next to TC3 at night. (I’d feel more unsafe about the general public than the occupants of TC3.) Have you actually asked your daughter how she feels about SPU’s decision?

  • thom

    I asked a simple question. Please leave your and parents names and addresses so I can begin preparing to bring some of the homeless folks over to their homes.
    Unfortunately, you have no skin in the game. it’s not your daughter at risk.
    Do you know the people that you will be allowing to occupying your school? Are they drug addicts, sex offenders, or worse? Or, are they just down on their luck? We don’t know. I care to much about my daughters saftey and yours for blind okays.
    Yes, I will be going after the adult who okayed this. They were not thinking on this one. Also, since tuition went up, who’s paying for the tight securty. Do you know how many prisons escape from jail every year where they are surrounded by wire, guns, lights, locks……
    It’s interesting how easy it is for some to question my beleive when you don’t even know me. Because I’m concerned for my daughter well being, I’m now not a Christian?
    Yes, I’ve spoken with my daughter and we are very close, not that’s anyones busniess. I love her more than anything in this world.
    I like all of you even though you think there are no bad people in this world.
    last transmission, see ya!

  • thom

    I asked a simple question. Please leave your and parents names and addresses so I can begin preparing to bring some of the homeless folks over to their homes.
    Unfortunately, you have no skin in the game. it’s not your daughter at risk.
    Do you know the people that you will be allowing to occupying your school? Are they drug addicts, sex offenders, or worse? Or, are they just down on their luck? We don’t know. I care to much about my daughters saftey and yours for blind okays.
    Yes, I will be going after the adult who okayed this. They were not thinking on this one. Also, since tuition went up, who’s paying for the tight securty. Do you know how many prisons escape from jail every year where they are surrounded by wire, guns, lights, locks……
    It’s interesting how easy it is for some to question my beleive when you don’t even know me. Because I’m concerned for my daughter well being, I’m now not a Christian?
    Yes, I’ve spoken with my daughter and we are very close, not that’s anyones busniess. I love her more than anything in this world.
    I like all of you even though you think there are no bad people in this world.
    last transmission, see ya!

  • KG

    Are you implying that I don’t care about my own safety? I am a female on the SPU campus. I care JUST AS MUCH about myself as you care about your daughter.

    My address is 2425 Michael Avenue, Richland, WA 99352. If you’d be willing to pick up some homeless people and drive them across the state in your vehicle (don’t forget to buy some extra air fresheners and hide your CD player/GPS so they don’t steal them!), I’d be glad to host them for the holiday season. Oh wait, my parents are already housing orphans from Rwanda’s genocide this Christmas – sorry, our beds are full. Maybe you could bring them over SPU’s TC3 ends? I’d love to hang out with them over spring break. Maybe in that 4 hour car ride you’ll be making, you’ll realize they’re not much different from yourself….

  • KG

    Are you implying that I don’t care about my own safety? I am a female on the SPU campus. I care JUST AS MUCH about myself as you care about your daughter.

    My address is 2425 Michael Avenue, Richland, WA 99352. If you’d be willing to pick up some homeless people and drive them across the state in your vehicle (don’t forget to buy some extra air fresheners and hide your CD player/GPS so they don’t steal them!), I’d be glad to host them for the holiday season. Oh wait, my parents are already housing orphans from Rwanda’s genocide this Christmas – sorry, our beds are full. Maybe you could bring them over SPU’s TC3 ends? I’d love to hang out with them over spring break. Maybe in that 4 hour car ride you’ll be making, you’ll realize they’re not much different from yourself….

  • LimoChristian

    Hopefully there are no criminal acts that can be attributed to the camp at SPU. However, in the unfortunate event there is/are, we should be comforted that SPU has very deep pockets and can be compelled to pay substantial damages to any agrieved party.

  • LimoChristian

    Hopefully there are no criminal acts that can be attributed to the camp at SPU. However, in the unfortunate event there is/are, we should be comforted that SPU has very deep pockets and can be compelled to pay substantial damages to any agrieved party.

  • southslope

    KG,

    The problem is not that you don’t care about your own safety. That just shows you use bad judgement.

    The problem is you are extending your bad judgement to folks who may not share your liberal idealism.

    As Thom points out, you’re not taking the homeless to your house to live; your thrusting them on others in the community whether they feel comfortable with the risk to their safety or not.

    But hey, it’s all about you, isn’t it?

  • southslope

    KG,

    The problem is not that you don’t care about your own safety. That just shows you use bad judgement.

    The problem is you are extending your bad judgement to folks who may not share your liberal idealism.

    As Thom points out, you’re not taking the homeless to your house to live; your thrusting them on others in the community whether they feel comfortable with the risk to their safety or not.

    But hey, it’s all about you, isn’t it?

  • KG

    Who said anything about liberal idealism? I’m not a liberal.

    Who said I was thrusting homeless on you? That’s my school. Not me. (Although I do support their decision.)

    Has anyone taken into account the fact that Wallace field is on the very edge of Queen Anne? There are plenty of blocks between Wallace field and the first homes/residences. These people have absolutely no reason to roam the neighborhoods. I’m sure they’d much rather spend their time in Fremont. I just simply don’t understand why some people are so upset at something that is not going to affect the community (except showing our homeless brothers and sisters that we care.) The Seattle Times has reported there has been no crime increases in the areas tent city locates itself.

  • KG

    Who said anything about liberal idealism? I’m not a liberal.

    Who said I was thrusting homeless on you? That’s my school. Not me. (Although I do support their decision.)

    Has anyone taken into account the fact that Wallace field is on the very edge of Queen Anne? There are plenty of blocks between Wallace field and the first homes/residences. These people have absolutely no reason to roam the neighborhoods. I’m sure they’d much rather spend their time in Fremont. I just simply don’t understand why some people are so upset at something that is not going to affect the community (except showing our homeless brothers and sisters that we care.) The Seattle Times has reported there has been no crime increases in the areas tent city locates itself.

  • KM

    My daughter also attends SPU as a freshman. I am very concerned about her with Tent City moving on campus. To the 20 year old that has all the answers and sees the world with rose tinted glasses…YOU ARE 20…enough said. As a Registered Nurse who graduated from PLU, I understand what SPU is doing. I see the problems each and every day in the hospital I work at but please know that many of the people who are homeless have mental illness. This is not judging anyone at all, just a fact. I put my daughter at SPU thinking she would get a great education and be SAFE. The students at SPU should not be making a decision of this sort as many of them are still kids and do not understand what they are getting themselves into. I wonder if SPU will take responsibility if something goes wrong. I am conerned for my daughter as well. I did NOT get any say in this matter but I pay the bill!!! WHY? These are KIDS and NOT ADULTS. What next??? I hear there is a grade school down the street!

  • KM

    My daughter also attends SPU as a freshman. I am very concerned about her with Tent City moving on campus. To the 20 year old that has all the answers and sees the world with rose tinted glasses…YOU ARE 20…enough said. As a Registered Nurse who graduated from PLU, I understand what SPU is doing. I see the problems each and every day in the hospital I work at but please know that many of the people who are homeless have mental illness. This is not judging anyone at all, just a fact. I put my daughter at SPU thinking she would get a great education and be SAFE. The students at SPU should not be making a decision of this sort as many of them are still kids and do not understand what they are getting themselves into. I wonder if SPU will take responsibility if something goes wrong. I am conerned for my daughter as well. I did NOT get any say in this matter but I pay the bill!!! WHY? These are KIDS and NOT ADULTS. What next??? I hear there is a grade school down the street!

  • scooter

    Hah! It seems the paranoid parents care as much about their pocketbook as they do the “kids” safety.
    If you prefer the self centered, judgemental, right wing, loonie bin college experience–send your kid to Bob Jones University.
    If you don’t think your college student is ready to make decisions like this, there is surely a community college they can attend, live at home with mommy and daddy, and pitch rocks at the poor people from your front porch.

  • scooter

    Hah! It seems the paranoid parents care as much about their pocketbook as they do the “kids” safety.
    If you prefer the self centered, judgemental, right wing, loonie bin college experience–send your kid to Bob Jones University.
    If you don’t think your college student is ready to make decisions like this, there is surely a community college they can attend, live at home with mommy and daddy, and pitch rocks at the poor people from your front porch.

  • T

    Hey, scooter, here’s one you’re going to struggle with the rest of your life “the man with the gold makes the rules.” What are you 6? loosen your diapers a bit and try acting a little more mature.

  • T

    Hey, scooter, here’s one you’re going to struggle with the rest of your life “the man with the gold makes the rules.” What are you 6? loosen your diapers a bit and try acting a little more mature.

  • scooter

    I’m going to struggle with a quote about selfishness and greed posted by an anonymous blogger? Umm, OK, if thinking that helps you: I’m struggling already, help me. help me.
    Anyway…
    Do you any thoughtful comment on the issue?

  • scooter

    I’m going to struggle with a quote about selfishness and greed posted by an anonymous blogger? Umm, OK, if thinking that helps you: I’m struggling already, help me. help me.
    Anyway…
    Do you any thoughtful comment on the issue?

  • KS

    My, my – do we have some helicopter parents commenting on this page or what? KM – wake up and smell the coffee – your daughter is at college. College students can vote, pay taxes, supervise employees, manage budgets, plan events, and even drive cars (can you imagine?). I’d definitely pull back on calling college students “kids.”

    Hey, here’s a thought – instead of running your mouth off on how SPU’s administration is endangering your children on a local blog, why don’t you actually read up on Tent City 3. Respond to the email that you got from the administration – people who passionately care about student’s well-being at SPU. Engage in healthy dialogue with your daughter. Maybe you’ll realize that homeless people aren’t part of the 1-dementional stereotype you’ve reduced them to.

    I’m extremely proud that this school has taken upon itself to host hurting homeless people. Students are excited, faculty are passionate, and for the most part, the community wants to be engaged.

    I’ll leave you with the words of an important historical figure (I have a sneaking suspicion you know his name): “love your neighbor as yourself.”

    It just seems like the Christian thing to do.

  • KS

    My, my – do we have some helicopter parents commenting on this page or what? KM – wake up and smell the coffee – your daughter is at college. College students can vote, pay taxes, supervise employees, manage budgets, plan events, and even drive cars (can you imagine?). I’d definitely pull back on calling college students “kids.”

    Hey, here’s a thought – instead of running your mouth off on how SPU’s administration is endangering your children on a local blog, why don’t you actually read up on Tent City 3. Respond to the email that you got from the administration – people who passionately care about student’s well-being at SPU. Engage in healthy dialogue with your daughter. Maybe you’ll realize that homeless people aren’t part of the 1-dementional stereotype you’ve reduced them to.

    I’m extremely proud that this school has taken upon itself to host hurting homeless people. Students are excited, faculty are passionate, and for the most part, the community wants to be engaged.

    I’ll leave you with the words of an important historical figure (I have a sneaking suspicion you know his name): “love your neighbor as yourself.”

    It just seems like the Christian thing to do.

  • afriye13

    @KS – I’m not a believer, but “Amen!”

  • afriye13

    @KS – I’m not a believer, but “Amen!”

  • KG

    Here’s a wonderful Facebook site for those of you who haven’t encountered homelessness up close before:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Homeless-in-Seattle/172003812844870

    Homeless in Seattle is about raising awareness for those living without shelter and other basic needs through the sharing of photos and personal stories that highlight their beauty.

  • KG

    Here’s a wonderful Facebook site for those of you who haven’t encountered homelessness up close before:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Homeless-in-Seattle/172003812844870

    Homeless in Seattle is about raising awareness for those living without shelter and other basic needs through the sharing of photos and personal stories that highlight their beauty.

  • up the hill from SPU

    @KS – a two snaps double amen!

  • up the hill from SPU

    @KS – a two snaps double amen!

  • Voice of Reason

    It’s rather apparent that most you don’t have the slightest idea of what causes homelessness. For starters, greed from those that have money or businesses; second, stereotyping, as in not liking someone because of their race, sexuality, and / or how they identify as a person, psychological issues, lack of having the necessary means to be presentable for employment, these are all issues that lead to homelessness, but also keep in mind that what is seen on television is nothing more than a stereotype, an impression that the media and Hollywood have made. There are people like that in the real world, but most are not and are shunned just for being. Some of the people that are homeless have done time in prison paying their debt to society and can’t find work because of it and in turn when worst comes to worst for these people they are forced to resort back to theft because they can’t improve the quality of life through conventional means. Bottom line is if these people were given a chance and judgement held back so they can prove their worth there would be a great many different opinions.

  • Voice of Reason

    It’s rather apparent that most you don’t have the slightest idea of what causes homelessness. For starters, greed from those that have money or businesses; second, stereotyping, as in not liking someone because of their race, sexuality, and / or how they identify as a person, psychological issues, lack of having the necessary means to be presentable for employment, these are all issues that lead to homelessness, but also keep in mind that what is seen on television is nothing more than a stereotype, an impression that the media and Hollywood have made. There are people like that in the real world, but most are not and are shunned just for being. Some of the people that are homeless have done time in prison paying their debt to society and can’t find work because of it and in turn when worst comes to worst for these people they are forced to resort back to theft because they can’t improve the quality of life through conventional means. Bottom line is if these people were given a chance and judgement held back so they can prove their worth there would be a great many different opinions.